You body’s preferred form of folate
How much do I need?
The amount of methylfolate your body needs depends on your age and sex. Below are the current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) established by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine).
The current DRIs for folate are:
- Infants 0 - 6 months - 65 mcg DFE
- Infants 6 - 12 months - 80 mcg DFE
- Children 1 - 3 years - 150 mcg DFE
- Children 4 - 8 years - 200 mcg DFE
- Boys and Girls 9 - 13 years - 300 mcg DFE
- Teenagers 14 - 18 years - 400 mcg DFE
- Men and Women 18 years and older - 400 mcg DFE
- Pregnant Women 14 - 50 years - 600 mcg DFE
- While Breastfeeding 14 - 50 years - 500 mcg DFE
Why we include it
Folate is a nutrient found naturally in foods. Folic acid, on the other hand, is a synthetic form of folate that is found in most supplements. In order to use both naturally occurring folate and synthetic folic acid, our bodies must convert these forms into methylfolate. But some research estimates that up to 40% of the population cannot make this conversion efficiently2.
If you cannot make the conversion, you could potentially develop low levels of folate even if you’re eating plenty of folate-rich foods and supplementing with folic acid.
Methylfolate does not need to be converted, meaning our bodies can use it immediately. All of our multivitamin products use methylfolate, and we’re the only gummy vitamin on the market to offer it.
Taking a supplement with methylfolate ensures you get 100% of the folate you need every day.
How can I get it?
- 3 oz. beef liver – 215 mcg DFE
- 1/2 cup boiled spinach – 121 mcg DFE
- 4 spears Asparagus – 89 mcg DFE
- 1/2 cup enriched spaghetti – 83 mcg DFE
- 1/2 cup boiled Brussels sprouts – 78 mcg DFE
- 1/2 cup broccoli – 52 mcg DFE
We recommend you seek the advice of your pediatrician or primary care provider before making changes to you or your child’s nutrient intake.